When does REAL ID law take effect?

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, your driver’s license or state ID card must be REAL ID compliant if you wish to use it to fly domestically in the U.S. or enter certain federal facilities, military bases and nuclear power plants.

You may notice Transportation Security Administration posters in airports displaying “Jan. 22, 2018” as the date that all driver’s licenses and state IDs must be REAL ID-compliant to be accepted as valid documentation when flying domestically. This is true, but it affects residents from states that have not conformed to the REAL ID federal standards for issuing driver’s licenses and state ID cards. Michigan has met the federal standards, which means that even if your license or ID card is not currently REAL ID compliant, it will still be accepted at airports as valid until Oct. 1, 2020.

 

 

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